Sunday, 9 April 2017

Pre Retreat Challenge

I recently attended a full day workshop taught by Paige Taylor Evans, it was a lovely day and I came home with 4 layouts that are still waiting for photos.

Before we went to the workshop they had set a challenge for us, a layout that had to include stitching and hearts. Flamingos are everywhere so I used some of my treasured flamingo paper to make this layout. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Multiple Photos

Ooops Im a bit late posting this week, the saga of the kitchen continues and has taken all my attention. The whole of my downstairs is a no-go zone so I have been trapped in my craft room.......dont worry I coped with some guilt free scrapbooking.

Over on UK Scrap Addicts they have been running a series highlighting how their design team add multiple photos to a layout. It is interesting to see everybodys take on the challenge. I bought this paper a couple of weeks ago and knew I wanted to add a few photos highlighting my trip to America. To get all the pictures on there I reduced them to 2 inch squares and managed to add 7 on there.

The title is a lovely sticker from Globe Gallery, its is a vinyl sticker, and is one of the accessories for the globes. Personally I loved the stickers but not the globes, at £4 its a bit pricey for a title but I Ioved the text and the touch of luxury and it fitted perfectly onto the layout.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pre-Retreat Challenge

Usually before a retreat there is a challenge to get you in the mood for all the fun. One of the previous Scrapstars retreat challenges was to create a layout based on a movie title. Well with all the movies that have ever been released the field was wide open. I chose the use my photos from a Nile trip that I did over 15 years ago and of course the title was Jewel of the Nile.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

More Layouts

Oh what a week, I'm really not lucky. MY new kitchen was delivered but one cupboard was missing. It hadn't been bought or paid for and will arrive in 7 - 10 days. This wasn't discovered until after he old kitchen had been removed. So now I have no cooking or tea making facilities, I'm already tired of sandwiches. I am trying my very best to focus on the end result.

This has given me the chance to search out more of the layouts I have taught at Scrapstars.
This was 2015 and another interactive layout.
 The large photo in the centre lifts up to reveal a series of 'steps' for adding more photos and journalling spots. It was difficult to get a good picture  but I think you will get it from these two.
 the cuts have to be very neat and specific for it to work and I was happy to see all the ladies managed it.
It is funny to watch everybody thinking they can't do it and being very nervous about making the interactive layouts,then suddenly they get it and it is smiles all around. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Getting Ready

Over the last few week Ive been preparing my layouts ready to teach at Scrapstars. I have been delighted to teach at this retreat for the last 4 years and have been overwhelmed with the response to the layouts that I have taught.

My classes are ready, I only have the instructions for the second class to write. It will also be lovely to see the other teachers. Tracee Provis is returning, she is such fun and makes me laugh all weekend. I will also be meeting Morag Cutts, I love her style so will enjoy these classes. Caroline is also teaching a class this year, as my main crafting buddy I always love the layouts she makes with me.

The first layout I ever taught at the retreat was this one and I think it is still one of my favourite layouts. The following year I taught this one  and this one.

All the ladies made the vine based on this tutorial that I did in 2013, doesn't time fly.
I will post the layouts Ive taught since then over the coming weeks, come back for more.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Catching up

I've had quite a busy week. I have to empty all of my kitchen cupboards ready for a new kitchen, so once again my house is upside down. To make room for moving everything out of the way I decided to finally put away all of the layouts that I finished but just hadn't got into albums. It took me a couple of hours and I have promised myself that I will put them away as I finish them from now on. This one I made at my friend Carolines I get together with a group of lovely ladies regularly. on this occasion we hired a room for a weekend at a hotel and spent three days crafting, lots of laughter and pages are always on the agenda. This  page was from a My  Minds Eye kit Caroline had got for us all, the colours were perfect for this photo taken many years ago in Sri Lanka. Its unusual for me to use such a bold background but I really like how this one turned out. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Im back

Well it is a long time since I posted but I have finally given in to the pressure from various sources that I need to keep the blog going.
A number of things caused my absence. A change in job that has made many demands on my time and leaked into my private time greatly. This impacted my mojo and we all know when that goes it can take some time to regain. I also decided to redecorate and have some work done at the house, why does changing one room spill over to every room in the house? This then takes almost 12 months to get back to where it should have been.

Throughout all of this I did spit and spat at my crafts and attended some classes and retreats to keep my hand in. I also continued to teach at Scrapstars and am delighted to have been asked to teach again in April this year.

So I now have a pile of finished layouts that need to be put into albums, as I go through them I will post them to keep everybody up to date.......if anybody is still out there!

I was invited to Ireland in September 2016 to teach a class at one of my friends crops. Well I couldnt resist Ive never been to Ireland. I chose the lovely Bloom and Grow kit from Simple Stories. This kit never seemdn to end and I ended up with 11 layouts from it. This was such a lovely paper range I loved working with it.
This was the layout I made, we made little seed packets that held tags for extra photos or journalling. I also included a little interactive element see the kite it moves up and down the page.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Two Ribbons

Oh no a disaster has befallen in my craft room, my Big Shot has died. I am bereft. Seriously, it has been making the most awful noises for a while but carried on working fine. Then on Sunday it just seized up and no amount of tlc or pleading would fix it.
Thankfully hobby craft have a good deal on at the moment and as I signed up to their newsletter got another 15% off. It made the loss easier.
So here is the card that broke the Big Shots back.
 This weeks Winter Wonderland challenge was to use two ribbons. thankfully I had just finished making this card, and my card box is filling up quite nicely now.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

For the boys

I enjoy creating cards for boys but it is often difficult to find good stamps that would suit a teenage boy, that was until last weekend when I visited my favourite shop The Craft Box, they had these gorgeous Woodware stamps and of course I just snapped them up. Perfect for my four nephews. I enjoyed an afternoon of colouring in front of the television on Sunday, something I am planning to do again this weekend. I'm entering these card into the Winter Wonderland challenge this week which aptly enough is boys will be boys.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Bendi Card

I have seen some lovely bendi cards and wanted to have a go at making one. Ive also had some of the lovely images from Lili of the Valley recent Christmas stamps release sitting on my desk. Today I manged to find some crafting time and killed two birds with one stone. I was quite pleased with how the card came out  but think I need to practise a little bit more.I so enjoyed this little crafting session, if I can get all my jobs dome early tomorrow I may reward myself with a bit more craft room time.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Giving Wine

Last weekend I spent 3 days with my friends Caroline and Lesley. We had a great time just crafting and chatting and swapping ideas. There are never enough weekends spent doing this but I know we will do it again.
I am in full on Christmas gifts and cards mode, last weekend we all decided to make a project and share with the others how to make it. I'll share more of that later,  but when I got home I was so inspired I just wanted to carry on.
I recently got my pre order of goodies from the new Stampin Up Christmas catalogue and there is a great stamp set that I've used loads already. I decided to use them to make some decoration tags for giving wine as a present.
 I love how they turned out. I'm adding these to the Winter Wonderland Challenge. This month its anything goes.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

On the Move

This weeks Winter Wonderland Challenge has the title of On the Move, so either the image should depict movement or include a moving element on the card. This challenge was right up my street, I love pop up cards and trying to have moving parts on my scrapbook pages. I have taught a few scrapbook classes where the pages open to reveal little surprises.
I have wanted to make a swing card for some time and was considering buying on of the many dies that are on the market at the moment. I then came across this tutorial and it is surprising how easy it is to make your own.I love how it came together.
This was the card I came up with 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Oriental Beauty

Facebook love it or hate it you have to give it credit for keeping in touch with people. I personally hate two things about it one is cryptic messages and people who put every detail of their life on it. But that is not Facebook's fault, its the person doing the posting. 
One thing I do love about Facebook is that I can keep in touch with people i would otherwise have lost track of. I worked in the Middle East for 15 years as a dental nurse and had the honour of working with many people from different countries. When we  all moved on I have managed to keep up with a lot of those people. We used to joke that because we were all scattered around the four corners of the earth we would in  the future be able to travel the world without paying for hotels. 
One of my friends Danielle is American but is now with her husband in Japan. She came and stayed with me over 10 years ago and we are now suggesting a return visit, but she has also invited me to visit her. 
WOW! A trip to Japan, I would love to go but it is sooo expensive, however with this kind offer it makes it more affordable. It is now definitely on my bucket list and I will hopefully get to see the gorgeous cherry blossom in real life instead of just in photos.

While all this was going on I coloured in this lovely Lili of the Valley image and made up this card for this months challenge 'Take Two'. You have to use two LOTV products, so here I used the stamp and all the papers are from one of their stunning paper pads, perfect pair.